AAPPL Guide

This "At-a-Glance" guide contains all the information you will need to get started with AAPPL. Welcome, and happy testing!

Requesting and Administering AAPPL Tests, and Retrieving Results

CLIENT SITE - Login to your Client Site (retrieve your forgotten Usernames and Passwords there) to:

  • Order tests - Click on "Test Requests." All instructions for ordering tests are on the screen. View video.
  • Administer tests and View Results - Click on "Test Status" to:
    • Print student test logins on Avery 5160 label sheets.
    • View status of each student's test (not started, completed, partially completed, etc).
    • Listen to student speaking test responses by clicking on the "speaker" icons.
    • Read student writing test responses by click on the "pencil and paper" icons.
    • Export test data to Excel.
  • Print score reports by clicking on "Print Certificates"
  • See data graphs by clicking on "Reporting." Mouse over bars, or "print preview" for data details.

Notes On Ordering and Administering Tests:

ORDERING

Seal of Biliteracy Testing

  • If ordering AAPPL tests for Seal of Biliteracy Awards, we recommend checking your state’s Department of Education website for what AAPPL score is accepted. Many states require a score that can only be obtained by using FORM B.

Who Should Upload the Test Requests:

  • Templates must be uploaded from teacher logins for scores to be accessible by teachers.

Custom Fields: When ordering tests you will have 3 "custom fields" you can designate.

  • You can re-label the custom field headings and enter demographic information for students.
  • Examples: "Special Ed," "Heritage Learner," "Studied Abroad," "IEP, " etc.
  • You must include Custom Field data when ordering if you want it reported back with scores.

Review the Proctoring Agreement that is available here.

ADMINISTERING

  • In advance of testing print student login labels and bring them to class on testing day.
  • Direct students to http://aappl.actfltesting.org to take their tests.

Teacher and Student Familiarization:

  • Watch the video on the ABOUT page.
  • Review the Tasks & Topics page so you know what tasks and topics will be on the test.
  • Set goals/strategies using the Score Descriptions and Sample Score Report on the Scores page.
  • Check out the tips videos on the Tips page.
  • Take the Practice Test on this Demo page if taking the AAPPL on or before February 28, 2019 or on this Demo page if take the AAPPL on or after March 1, 2019. Don't see your language offered in the Demo? Please use the English Demo (or another language) to get a feel for the test layout and functionality.
  • Learn everything you ever wanted to know about AAPPL, and more on the FAQs page!
  • Testing students in writing? Make sure students are learning keyboarding skills in the language.

Test Security Features:

In order to ensure test security and that each candidate’s responses are genuine, ACTFL and LTI have put in place several test security features. Many test security features are “invisible” to the users but the following may be noticeable to test takers and should not be considered as a malfunction of your device’s operation:

The following features are automatically disabled once a test taker has logged into an AAPPL assessment:

  • The right-click feature of your mouse;
  • The Google Translate browser extension, if installed.

Additionally, you will be logged out of the test and will need to sign back in to continue with the assessment if you:

  • Click on the Back button;
  • Open another webpage.

These logins and logouts are logged within our platform and are noticeable to test proctors.

Technology:

  • Ask your Technology Coordinator to review the Technology FAQs.
  • Request that an IT staff-person help you with headset/microphone setup and settings.
  • Run this System Check (for AAPPL 1.0) or this System Check (AAPPL 2.0) in advance, and again just prior to testing to ensure proper settings.
  • Request that an IT staff-member be on hand to assist you with local issues during testing.

ADDITIONAL TECHNOLOGY NOTES:

  • Number of students you can test simultaneously: This is addressed in the Technology FAQs.
  • Using students' laptops? Run the System Check in advance and on the day of testing.
  • Administering the Writing test component? Prepare for keyboarding:
    • AAPPL 1.0
      • AAPPL will use any language keyboard application your school uses for instruction.
      • For ESL (English), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, students taking the Presentational Writing component on a Windows-based computer may also use ALT codes, as described here. Alternatively, language-specific keyboard layouts can be set up instead. Select the operating system for the computer being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS.
      • For Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai, language-specific keyboard layouts must be set up. (Similarly, they may be used, as well, for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, if desired.) Select the operating system for the computer being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS, iOS.
    • AAPPL 2.0
      • AAPPL will use any language keyboard application your school uses for instruction.
      • For ESL (English), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, on-screen special character support is provided wherever students will be entering text. No additional set-up is required. Students taking the PW component on a Windows-based computer may also use ALT codes, as described here, if that’s preferable.
      • For Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Thai, language-specific keyboard layouts must be set up. (Similarly, they may be used, as well, for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish, if desired.) Select the operating system for the device being used and follow the directions provided to complete the set-up: Windows 10, Windows 8, Chromebook, MacOS, iOS. For Android tablets, consult your device’s online support to determine how to change keyboard input settings.

For support contact us at aapplhelp@languagetesting.com, or (800) 486-8444 from 8:00 am 6:00 pm ET.